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WEB EXTRA : Arthritis, Osteo or Rheumatoid? How to tell the difference .

Joint pain? We've got the low down on how to tell which arthritis you might have.
While there are over a hundred types of Arthritis, most people suffer from either Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Here's a quick run down of symptoms for each.

Over age 40
27 million Americans
Develops slowly over many years
Will affect a few joints
May occur in both sides of body
Joint redness, warmth and swelling are minimal
Morning stiffness for less than 30 minutes
Stiffness after prolonged sitting
Usually affects hands, hips, knees and spine
Rarely affects wrists, elbows or ankles, except after injury
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Can happen at any age
1.5 million Americans
May happen suddenly or develop over years
Typically affects many joints
Primarily small joints
Both sides of the body
Joint redness, warmth and swelling
Prolonged morning stiffness
Will affect many joints
General feeling of sickness and fatigue
Weight loss
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